Coronavirus (Covid-19) | The Latest News You Need To Know

From Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (5/06/20):

  • 3,568 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • Confirmed cases in Northeast Arkansas: Craighead, Poinsett, Independence, Greene, Crittenden, Woodruff, Sharp, Mississippi, Cross, Randolph and Lawrence Counties
  • All Arkansas public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Arkansas schools will finish the semester under an online only guideline
  • Find the latest COVID-19 confirmed cases HERE
  • Governor Hutchinson also mandated that all hospitals and clinics screen staff by taking temperature and look for symptoms before allowing them into the building.
  • All restaurants are restricted to drive-thru, take-out or delivery services beginning Friday, March 20th and until further notice.

Current positive cases in Arkansas:

The Arkansas Department of Health has released a new interactive map tracking the spread of the coronavirus throughout the state, with an up-to-date tally of tests, recoveries, and, when they occur, deaths.


Arkansas restaurants to re-open dine in-services to 33% capacity on Monday, May 11th

Restrictions on gyms and fitness facilities are set to be lifted on Monday, May 4th

New guidance on churches, outdoor venues and indoor venues


Jonesboro curfew to be lifted Friday, May 1st

Watch a statement from the Mayor of Jonesboro, Harold Perrin, below:

Jonesboro's Next Steps

Mayor's address- Jonesboro's next steps in dealing with Covid-19 and moving forward.

Posted by City of Jonesboro, AR – Government on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Area schools offering meal pick-up for students:

JONESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
1110 West Washington
1506 North Church Street
416 Calion Street

NETTLETON SCHOOLS — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sack lunches and breakfast for the next day will be provided to any Nettleton student. They can be picked up at University Heights School of Medical Arts , Fox Meadow School of Creative Media , or Nettleton STEAM .

WESTSIDE SCHOOLS — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Any child 18 and under can pick up a sack lunch free of charge. Should an individual wish to purchase the sack lunch, it will cost $3.50. The child must, must be in the vehicle in order for the sack lunch to be free. Location one will be at Westside High School between the cafeteria and the Multipurpose building. Please enter the campus at the Fine Arts Center and proceed directly up the hill. A staff member will visually verify the child and hand the sack lunch accordingly. No one will be required to exit the vehicle. Once the meal has been given, you will proceed off campus through the north entrance. Site two will be at the Bono Mayor’s office at 241 East College in Bono. Same restrictions apply, the child must be in the vehicle to receive the meal.

BROOKLAND SCHOOLS — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Parents may pick up a breakfast/lunch combo at te Elementary School using the car line at the back of the building.
● In addition, AMI packets from each school as well as Chromebooks for Junior and Senior High students may be picked up from 7:30 to 9:00 MONDAY MORNING.

VALLEY VIEW SCHOOLS — 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A grab and go breakfast and lunch option will be available for students at the Jr High Cafeteria.
● Each building campus will be open tomorrow (Monday, March
16) from 8-3 to allow parents to pick up medication, along with any elementary or intermediate students needing an AMI packet. JH and HS students can also pick up hard copies of AMI work if they have limited or no access to technology.

City Hall in Caraway and Lake City (drive thru window)

BUFFALO ISLAND CENTRAL — Will deliver meals starting Tuesday. More information coming on school’s social media platforms and at BIC

A pick up sack lunch will be available for students in in front of the High School Gym. ANYONE Enrolled in Bay School District Breakfast, 8-9a, Tues Fri Lunch, 11a-12:30p, Mon-Fri

GREENE COUNTY TECH SCHOOLS — 8 a.m. to 8:30 and 11 a.m. to noon
Curbside pickup for all students 18 and under
Elementary School car line (5203 West Kingshighway)
Primary School bus line (1300 South Rockingchair)

PARAGOULD SCHOOL DISTRICT — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Any child 18 and under
Paragould Junior High Gymnasium Parking Lot

Oak Grove Middle School Front Parking Lot
Ram Academy Parking Lot
Labor Day Park Pavilion

MARMADUKE SCHOOLS — 11 a.m. to noon
Lunches will be handed off to vehicles in front of the high school gym

RECTOR SCHOOLS — 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
I’m assuming the cafeteria, although the post didn’t say for certain

Park Elementary Cafeteria door

PIGGOTT SCHOOLS — 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Behind the elementary school

POCAHONTAS SCHOOLS — IN SESSION Monday. Absences will not count against students

HILLCREST SCHOOL DISTRICT — Accepting non-perishable donations to their backpack program all day Monday at the Lower-End Elementary

WALNUT RIDGE SCHOOLS — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Elementary School cafeteria

HOXIE SCHOOL DISTRICT — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoxie School cafeteria

NEWPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT — 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cafeterias on both campuses will be open and serving any student in the district Beginning Tuesday, the district will also be delivering meals starting at 9 a.m. along the usual bus routes. Go to your usual bus stop or either cafeteria for a grab-and-go meal

TUCKERMAN SCHOOLS — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Grab-and-go meals can be picked up at:
Tuckerman Elementary Carline
1st Freewill Baptist Church in Tuckerman
Tuckerman Fire Station
Swifton Middle School at the bus dropoff location
Grubbs Park

Sack Lunches and breakfast for the following day.
High School/Middle School Campus
Weiner Campus
Carlines (weather permitting) or school lobbies

EAST POINSETT COUNTY SCHOOLS — Information on food distribution will be posted on district’s Facebook page today

Free to any child 18-and-under
Breakfast will be served daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Trumann Elementary School and Trumann Middle School. Breakfast will also be served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. via bus on Church Street at Eastside Gardens. Lunch will be served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Trumann Elementary School and Trumann Middle School.
Lunch will also be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. via bus on Church Street at Eastside Gardens.

Please know this is for anyone, ages 0-18. People interested in participating can enter a drive through at our elementary cafeteria (in the back of the elementary school on Normandy Street) or we can deliver by bus following our bus routes. We will drop-off food where our bus stops typically are located. However, you will need to sign-up for this program. call (870) 358-2913 and contact the elementary or high school offices. Another number you can call is (870) 358-2746. This number is to the FBC church in Marked Tree. They have agreed to serve as a call center for this project. You will only need to sign up once. As soon as you sign up, we will deliver food throughout the duration of this service. YOU MUST SIGN UP BY 10:00 A.M. FOR LUNCH. YOU CAN CALL ANY DAY THIS WEEK AND SIGN UP, BUT YOU ONLY NEED CALL ONCE! We are also proud to announce that starting Tuesday, people who participate will receive breakfast, also. Bus deliveries will occur between 11-1 and the drive through will be open between 11-1, also. Please be patient with us as we work through any technical issues that might exist. Times for breakfast deliveries will be announced tomorrow.

OSCEOLA SCHOOLS — 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Carroll Smith Elementary
Also available for pickup at the Osceola Post Office and Rosenwald

RIVERCREST SCHOOLS — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch available in cafeteria

BLYTHEVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT — 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Student ID required)
Blytheville Primary School bus lane
Blytheville High School north cafeteria

ARMOREL — Check Armorel School District (@ArmorelTigers) for updated food schedule information

GOSNELL SCHOOLS — No Meal Information listed

MANILA SCHOOLS — 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Grab-and-go meals can be picked up at:
Manila Fire Department
Etowah Post Office
Mallard Lake Road at Big Lake
Manila Elementary car line

CEDAR RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT — Will announce food plan on district’s Facebook page Monday

SOUTHSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT — Is IN SESSION Monday. The district’s food pantry will be open 4-6 p.m. Monday

MIDLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT — Is IN SESSION Monday. Will be sending information home regarding food schedule for the remainder of the week

This week, school vehicles will deliver breakfast and lunch for all children 18 years and younger regardless of the school district they attend. Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to bus stops.
Breakfast will be delivered 30 minutes after normal pickup times. For example, if you normally get picked up for school at 6:35 AM, expect breakfast at 7:05 AM. Lunch will be delivered between 11:00 AM and
12:30 PM.
This includes stops in Wynne (Old Junior High- 7:15 AM breakfast and 11:15 AM lunch, Caldwell Pharmacy- 7:30 AM breakfast and 11:30 AM lunch).
Additionally, students may pick up a sack lunch from the entrance to the high school gym from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM each day. This schedule will adjust as needed going forward– we appreciate your flexibility as we work towards our goal of getting food to all of our students.

WYNNE SCHOOLS — Monday LUNCH ONLY 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: Breakfast 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pickup locations are:
Wynne Intermediate School
Wynne High School
Grace Baptist Church
Odell McCallum Center
Tabernacle of Faith New Testament Church
East Baptist Church
Parkin City Hall Court Room